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FOR 1944 

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* JAN 2 6 1944 * 


Profitable Tomato production starts with Tomato 
Seed that carries a strong pedigree. 

THE four Stokes strains described in this simplified war-time folder are Tomatoes of that caliber. They 
have been bred by a 62 -year-old firm which devotes its entire effort to our country's most important vege- 
table. We take pardonable pride in the fact that these four Stokes strains now plant over !/4 of the American 
Tomato acreage for processing and for market shipment. 

The strength of these four stocks is deeply rooted in a breeding program which traces back for 20 genera- 
tions. Our routine of producing two stock-seed crops per year is, we believe, unique in Tomato seed production. 
One of these matures in New Jersey in August; the other matures in Florida in March. Stock-maintenance 
and stock-improvement are carried on through single-plant selection and through hybridization. The latter 
has recently developed two interesting new strains which are now being perfected and which will be tested in 
twelve different areas in 1944. 

Planters of Stokes Tomato Seed are protected by a package which is sealed with a certificate covering State 
Certification, seed-disinfection (New Improved Ceresan/, germination and date of the germination test. As a 
contribution toward holding the line, the prices in this folder remain unchanged from our catalog prices of 
1941, 1942 and 1943- Because of the extraordinary demands, our inventories are already heavily drawn against 
We therefore suggest immediate action if you plan to use Stokes Tomato Seed in 1944. 

Cordially yours, 

Vincentown, N. J., December I, 1943- ^ 



Breeders and Growers of Fine Tomato Seed 



VALIANT, a half-brother of Stokesdale, will de- 
velop a deep Marglobe-type Tomato within 
3 days of the now fast-disappearing Earliana. It has 
a sparse, open vine and therefore will never be an 
all-purpose Tomato, but, in its limited field, where it 
can be matured without too much danger of sunburn, 
it is greatly prized. Valiant is distinctly a market and 
not a canning Tomato. 

In its specialized field, Valiant has proved a great 
money-maker. It is four days earlier and often 2 ounces 
larger than Stokesdale. 

Valiant, like Stokesdale, has enjoyed wide accep- 
tance. It has proved profitable in New Jersey, in New 
York, in Kansas, in Colorado, and in the Rio Grande 
Valley of Texas. We suggest that it always be handled 
as an extra-early Tomato and that it be followed by 
a planting of Stokesdale. 

Price, postpaid: Trade pkt. 50 els.; oz. $1 
V 4 lb. $3; lb. $10 


Average weight, 7 ounces. Ratio of depth to width, 88%. 
Average number of fruit, 18. Days to maturity. 108. 

Average weight, 6 ounces. Ratio of depth to width, 90%. 
Average number of fruit, 32. Days to maturity 112. 


CTOKESDALE was developed by our research de- 
partment on our company proving grounds in New 
Jersey. Grown by Stokes, and now in its twelfth 
generation, it has found wide acceptance under many 
and varying conditions. 

Stokesdale is now one of the leading canning va- 
rieties of New York State. At the same time it is one 
of the leading shipping varieties of the Rio Grande 
Valley in Texas. Stokesdale has turned out unusual 
profits in the important green-wrap Tomato deal on 
the west coast of Florida. Right now it is making a 
real contribution to the critical food situation in the 
Hawaiian Islands. 

The popularity of Stokesdale has resulted from its 
record of heavy production per acre and its ability 
to mature a 6-ounce fruit one week ahead of Marglobe. 
Stokesdale, when on good soil, well fed and under 
normal conditions, will produce a magnificent crop. 

Price, postpaid: Trade pkt. 25 cts.; oz. 50 cts. 
V4lb. $1.50 { ^Ib. is limit to any one customer/ 




Average weight, 6 ounces. Ratio of depth to width, 90' , . 
Average number of fruit 23. Days to maturity, 118. 

TN OFFERING FSU, a new and greatly enlarged 
strain of Master Marglobe, we are giving the ship- 
ping trade what is perhaps the most important type 
improvement in a decade. Here is one item in com- 
merce, the introduction of which does not have to be 
postponed until the end of the war. It is ready for you 

Ever since 192 7, Stokes Master Marglobe {now in 
its twentieth generation of single plant selection/ 
has been generally acknowledged to be the most per- 
fectly formed shipping Tomato that has been offered 
the green-wrap trade. It consistently develops fruit 
with a depth-to-width ratio in excess of 90% — an 
unusually high figure. This depth factor was eventu- 
ally responsible for smaller fruit. 

FSU is now in the F 7 generation of a U.S.D.A. X 
Stokes Master Marglobe cross. The fruit is approxi- 
mately 2 5% larger than either parent, and under 
normal conditions will develop a high proportion of 
the crop in a 6 x 6 size or larger. The interior qualities, 
solidity, color, flavor, etc., are similar to the Master 
Marglobe parent. It is a dual-purpose Tomato, — 
equally valuable to the shipping and the canning trade. 

Price, postpaid: Trade pkt. 25 cts.; oz. 50 cts. 
•ilb. $1.50; lb. $5; 5 lbs. $22.50 

R U T G E R 

13 UTGERS, by a wide margin, is the most important 
Tomato in this or any other country. It was 
introduced in 1935 by Prof. L. G. Schermerhorn of the 
New Jersey State Experiment Station. In eight years 
it has spread to an enormous acreage. 

Rutgers is especially valuable to canners because of 
its dark red interior. They also like its vigorous vine- 
growth that develops a strong central stalk, which 
ordinarily keeps the fruit out of the mud in both fair 
weather and foul. The later maturing habit of Rutgers 
prevents its wide use in New York, Michigan and 

Rutgers' ability to develop fruit running from 6 to 
8 ounces in size has won it a host of friends among the 
green-wrap shippers. Although some of our trade 
has found the variety too rough for satisfactory lug-box 
or climax basket packing, we would point out that 
the Stokes strain of Rutgers, which has been selected 
for greater depth and for smoother shoulders, has 
for the most part developed an excellent market 
Tomato. Rutgers will mature from five days to a week 
after Master Marglobe. 

Price, postpaid: Trade pkt. 25 cts.;oz. 50 cts. 
Vilb. $1.50; lb. $5; 5 lbs. $22.50 


Average weight, 8 ounces. Ratio of depth to width, 86%. 
Average number of fruit, 26. Days to maturity, 123. 




An Offer of Stokes Proving-Ground Stocks 
for Greenhouse Forcing 

THESE represent our choicest selections — the de luxe Tomato seed of America. They 
are one generation in advance of the regular stocks offered on the two preceding pages. 
As such, this is the seed we recommend for greenhouse forcing and for all other intensive 
Tomato production where great exactness is called for and is expected. This seed is taken 
from our 1944 stock-seed bins and is therefore precisely comparable to the mother stock for Stokes 2,000 
pedigreed acres in the coming year. As is the case with all other stocks offered in this folder, the price remains 
unchanged from last year. In fact, there has been no change in the price of our Proving-Ground Stocks for the 
past seven years. For more complete variety notes refer to the preceding pages. 

PRICE, POSTPAID: Trade pkt. $1; V 4 oz. $1.75; V 2 oz. $3; oz. $5; V 4 lb. $17.50 


This proving-ground stock is offered for extra-early production, where every ounce of extra effort counts. 
That goes especially for growers in a position to profit from the early market. Valiant is some four days earlier 
than Stokesdale. It is not as perfectly formed and is not usually recommended for greenhouse production. 


The perfection of form of this variety has made it especially profitable in greenhouse forcing. It will mature 
under glass in shorter time than Marglobe and the fruit clusters will set more readily. The average size is very 
desirable for a greenhouse Tomato. Stokesdale will give an outstanding performance under glass. 


This strain holds a place of importance as a forcing Tomato. It is somewhat larger and one week later than 
Stokesdale, and is slightly darker in color, with a thicker wall. Its perfection of form and its table qualities have 
long been recognized. This is a very superior hybrid stock, and is highly recommended. 


This is our de luxe stock of Rutgers and is offered to those planters who require their Tomato seed on a stock- 
seed basis. Generally speaking, Rutgers is not recommended for greenhouse forcing. While often on the large 
side it does not have the depth-to-width ratio of Stokesdale nor Master Marglobe. This is the finest stock of 
Rutgers we have so far offered. 

JAN 24 A.*, * 

Single plant election follows all hybridization effort in Tomato breeding. The stakes shown 
are a part of that routine here at our Summer Proving Grounds at Vincentoivn, N. J.